A National University of Singapore (NUS) programme to nurture entrepreneurs in different nodes of the world has now expanded to Toronto and Shenzhen. The Canadian city is an artificial intelligence (AI) powerhouse, while Shenzhen is shaping up as China’s version of Silicon Valley.

Since 2002, NUS has set up 10 overseas colleges, including in Silicon Valley, New York, Stockholm, Israel, Jakarta, Beijing, Shanghai, Lausanne in Switzerland and Munich in Germany. Students take up courses in partner universities and work in start-ups.

Professor Wong Poh Kam, who heads the NUS Entrepreneurship Centre, said the university currently has about 300 students who head to different overseas colleges across the world yearly.

The professor in entrepreneurship and innovation strategy at NUS Business School added that the university has set up these colleges to expose its students to different kinds of industries and technologies.

Toronto is making waves in AI, driven by the MaRS Discovery District, a 1.5 million sq ft facility that houses hundreds of start-ups across a variety of industries. It includes Uber’s first non-US facility for researching autonomous cars; Borealis AI, an academic AI research institute for the Royal Bank of Canada; and Element AI, an AI start-up incubator.

At a steady state, about 25 to 30 NUS students will head to Toronto every year.

Since 2002, more than 2,400 NUS students have benefited from an entrepreneurial education through NUS Overseas Colleges.

Source: Straits Times

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